One Seed, One State

Michigan Seed Libraries is pleased to announce our first One Seed, One State initiative in 2020! Seed Libraries across the State of Michigan are coming together to promote growing, saving, and sharing seeds! The seed we have chosen for 2020 is ‘Provider’ bean. ‘Provider’ is a delicious green snap bean with a bush growing habit and great vigor and disease resistance. It is known for its ability to germinate in cool soil, and beans are usually ready to pick and eat in 50-55 days. We wanted to choose a dependable vegetable that is easy to grow so that our gardeners would have a positive experience, and ‘Provider’ green bean fits the bill!

Many thanks to Seed Savers Exchange and Fedco Seeds for donating the seeds for our program. A big thank-you also to the members of Michigan Seed Libraries for creating the materials and assembling the kits.

Participating libraries will get a kit with seeds, packets, and promotional materials. If you do not have a seed library at your location, you may still sign up for a kit and use the experience to introduce the “Seed Library” concept to your fellow library staff, board, and patrons! Non-profit organizations such as community gardens and youth groups are also welcome to apply for a kit.

Upon approval of your application, you will receive a kit with the following items:
400 ‘Provider’ bush green bean seeds
20 seed packets
2 sheets of 10 labels each
1 8.5″ X 11″ informational poster
1 program instruction and resource sheet
1 tri-fold brochure for you to copy for your patrons

This is the first year of Michigan Libraries’ One Seed/One State initiative. Michigan Seed Libraries is run entirely by volunteers and donations. Each participating organization in the One Seed/One State program must agree to volunteer by labeling and filling the seed packets, setting up the display, and promoting the program locally.

Participants will be asked to provide feedback and a photo of their display at the end of the program.

Please fill out the form as completely as possible so that we can arrange pick-up or delivery of your kit. Most contact concerning this application will be by email.
Deadline for applications is April 1, 2020.

Please click on the link below to register for your Michigan Seed Libraries One Seed/One State Seed Kit: